Can technology stop terrorist vehicle ramming attacks?
Vehicle ramming attacks have killed over 200 people since 2014, and they're hard to predict or stop. Can technology help or hurt us with this terrorism?
Watch record-setting astronaut Peggy Whitson's return to Earth
Astronaut Peggy Whitson set a NASA record for staying in space, and now you can watch her return to solid ground.
Tim Cook sells iPad while advertising his alma mater
Commentary: The Apple CEO manages to get the iPad and FaceTime into an ad for Auburn University.
Build: Rugged High-power Mini Bluetooth Speaker
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Who is new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi?
Uber's search for a replacement for its former co-founder CEO Travis Kalanick looks to have reached its conclusion. Dara Khosrowshahi, the current CEO of..
Microsoft releases first Windows 10 preview that succeeds the Fall Creators Update
Microsoft is simultaneously finalizing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and working on what comes next. This build is for Windows Insiders who have chosen to “Skip Ahead,” meaning they continue to receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch. That branch has transitioned to RS4, which is the release that will come after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3), and the build numbers have jumped ahead to 1635x.
AT&T unleashes drones to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief - ReadWrite
As residents on or near the coast of Texas continue to try to pick up the pieces of devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey, the ability to communicate to the outside world has become more and more important. Yesterday, AT&T deployed a fleet of 46 drones to inspect areas in South Texas that have been impacted.
How To Master The Digital First Impression [Infographic]
It takes just 90 seconds for a potential employer to decide whether to give you the job, according to career experts – and these days, that first minute and a half is likely to be spent checking you out online. The printed resume is fast becoming a thing of the past, and with gatekeepers informally profiling you according to your web presence, it’s more important than ever to create a positive digital first impression.
LinkedIn is the internet’s answer to the curriculum vitae, but it can be so much more than that. Unlike a CV, you’re encouraged to sell yourself through text and personal recommendations from your ‘connections’, and failing to do so will see others push ahead of the pack. Just as the choice of font could differentiate the professionalism of an old-school CV, with LinkedIn it’s all about the profile picture: a smart but friendly headshot carries far better connotations than a bathroom selfie or drunken group shot.
Video is also gaining importance as digital tech advances, with Skype interviews now commonplace and video links (think: video biography or personal statement) ranking high in Google’s search results.
How using an iPad helped this cartoonist's career
Donnelly draws on her iPad using an app that allows her to change the tool she draws with, as well as its size and color. "I use the FiftyThree pencil when I want to do quick sketches, like drawing a live event," she said. She's done sketches during the Oscars, the White House correspondents' dinner and during CBS This Morning interviews, to name a few.
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The new 'OK Google' announcements from IFA 2017
In the race between voice systems like Alexa and Siri, here are the devices that have opted for Google Assistant.
Harman now has smart speakers for Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant
When you're looking for a smart home speaker, you might think you're stuck with those made by Amazon, Apple or Google in order to use the specific intelligent assistants from the respective companies. Now, however, you can pick up a speaker that works with Alexa or Google Assistant, in addition to the one that already supports Microsoft's Cortana . The Samsung-owned Harman International just announced three new JBL Link speakers at IFA, each a voice activated speaker with Google Assistant built in. The company also revealed the Harman Kardon Allure , an Alexa-enabled smart speaker with 360-degree sound.
Roku files for IPO, seeks to raise $100M
Roku may not be as recognizable a name as some of its streaming box competitors, which are all monolithic tech companies like Apple, Google and Amazon, but its products routinely slay in CNET reviews and in sales .
The shock of the new Dynaudio Special Forty speakers
The Special Forty is in step with the trend of shrinking high-end speakers size, and this speaker might be the best one yet for its size. Tonally, the Special Forty is smooth and easy, but as I continued to listen it was the speakers' clarity and resolution that made the biggest impressions.
How to Use The New iOS 11 Safari Features on iPhone and iPad
Safari in iOS 11 gets an entirely new video player UI. It’s similar to what we’ve had in Safari on macOS. This time, it’s all black bars with rounded edges. Plus, controls for full screen, picture in picture mode and cancel are a lot more prominent and easier to hit.
How Alexa could bring Amazon back to smartphones | ZDNet
Finally, there's the huge issue of Amazon gaining consumer acceptance for a smartphone that operated more like the Echo Show, that is, something that is based on getting things done rather than navigating grids of apps and more hamburger menus than in all of the McDonald's. There's a big difference between having success with a little cylindrical Bluetooth speaker and displacing a tool that consumers rely on throughout their day. Apple faced such an education challenge with the iPhone, but even that adapted familiar elements of the desktop graphical user interface such as icons and scrolling.
Cell phones as lifelines: How to stay connected amid disaster
Be prepared for high call volume. During an emergency, many people are trying to use their phones at the same time. The increased call volume may create network congestion, leading to "fast busy" signals on your wireless phone or a slow dial tone on your landline phone. If this happens, hang up, wait several seconds and then try the call again. This allows your original call data to clear the network before you try again.
How to set up an additional security info source for your Microsoft account
Sometime after that, she forgot her Microsoft account password and couldn't sign into her Windows 10 laptop. When she went to use the Microsoft Account Password Reset service, she discovered that because she no longer had the cell number she used to set up her account (and because she didn't have an additional security info source), she would have to wait up to 24 hours to reset her password.
Pixar brings Day of the Dead to life in newest film, 'Coco'
Adding clothing to the characters presented another challenge. Pixar's computers typically try to mimic how clothing would react in the real world, but that means the animated cloth on a skeleton would fall into gaps between the skeleton's bones. To solve this, Pixar told its computers the skeletons merely didn't have gaps in their ribcages, and attached some pieces of cloth to the skeleton's joints to keep things like pants and shirtsleeves from snagging and getting stuck.
Big Bang: The science of sex in space
With long-term space travel moving ever closer to reality, would-be spacefarers may be wondering if they'll be able to join the 10,000 Mile High Club.
The new card “is essentially in-line with PayPal’s ongoing strategy of providing account holders with multiple avenues for product purchases, money transfer as well as for paying bills,” Moshe Katri, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc., said in a note to clients. “This strategy has been translating into increases in account-usage frequency as well as in average ticket price.”
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2: Everything you need to know | ZDNet
Pixel is Google's reference smartphone lineup, to show off Android's newest capabilities with timely updates and hardware to support it. The original Pixel and Pixel XL earned high marks in reviews. Now to fend off Galaxy S8, iPhone 8, and to show off Android O, Google's hardware division is ready for a second take.
Princess ransomware targets hacked websites via RIG exploit kit
A new cybercrime campaign uses the RIG exploit kit to infect computers with PrincessLocker ransomware, and demands at least $367 from victims.
Apple’s iPhone 8 event is happening on September 12th
Apple has sent out invites for its next big event on September 12th, where the company is expected to reveal the next iPhone, along with updates to the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iOS software.
Hurricane Harvey: Tech companies are helping victims save their smartphones
The devastation from Hurricane Harvey has left millions of people wading through flooded streets. Tech companies are coming forward to help, some by offering free drying services for smartphones.
Raspberry Pi: Google plans more AI projects to follow DIY voice recognition kit | ZDNet
The Google Assistant SDK is configured by default to bring hotword detection, voice control, natural language understanding, Google's smarts, and more to the Voice Kit. Users can extend the project further with local vocabularies using TensorFlow, Google's open source machine learning framework for custom voice user interfaces. Projects built using the kit include a Dalek-voiced assistant and a voice-activated internet streaming radio.
Best iPhone charging cables | ZDNet
Has your iPhone charging cable broken again? Are you tired of spending big bucks on cables for your iPhone that only last a few months? Here are replacements that have been tested for durability and performance.
Huawei unveils Kirin 970 chipset with AI | ZDNet
Huawei's Kirin 970 smartphone chipset features mobile artificial intelligence with a dedicated neural processing unit, an 8-core CPU, and a 12-core GPU, along with 5.5 million transistors.
How to Properly Use a Bath Mat
Now, if you have a towel-type bath mat, hang it over the side of the tub or shower to dry, then lay down a second dry bath mat if someone is going right after you. If you have the shaggy rug kind, leave it and hope you did everything right so it’s not soaking wet. There you have it! You’re ready for a proper shower now.
Maltese falcons: An island museum full of beautiful aircraft
The last hangar held only two planes when I visited: the iconic Hurricane and Spitfire. These restored beauties have special stories. The Spitfire was stationed on the island and participated in Operation Husky . The Hurricane was also stationed on the island and flew off the HMS Ark Royal. It is thought that an engine fire caused the pilot, Sgt. Thomas Hackston, to ditch at sea in July of 1941. Fifty years later, a diver found the wreck and the family of the pilot was notified. It was the first time they knew what actually happened to their brother. Several years later the plane was recovered and lovingly restored.
Top 15 Privacy and Security Settings iPhone and iPad Users Must Know
Everybody should be able to know how to be in full control of their privacy and security, especially in this day and age. While iPhone and iPad users should have a bit more peace of mind than Android users, developers, websites and even Apple still all collect personal information from your devices. To understand this in greater detail and learn ways to enhance your privacy and security even further on iOS, we’ve compiled plenty of options.
SpaceX has completed testing on the first stage cores for its Falcon Heavy rocket
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is hoping to launch his company’s Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time in November , and with just a couple of months to go, the company announced that it has completed testing on all all three of the rocket’s first stage cores.
Kings of clarity: Etymotic ER4 in-ear headphones
I picked the Logitech UE 900 in-ears for another round of comparisons. This model has also been around for a while for good reason, it's a great headphone. It has four balanced armature drivers per earpiece while the ER4 XR has just one, so I was expecting the UE 900 would clobber the ER4 XR's bass oomph and fullness. It did, but not by all that much, and it couldn't touch ER4 XR's clarity -- the UE 900's overall sound was softer and blurrier. The UE 900's sound was also less open, more stuck inside my head than it was with the ER4 XR. Stereo imaging was also more precisely focused than the UE 900s.
One of the world’s most influential math texts is getting a beautiful, minimalist edition
The publisher explains that this is an attempt to complete Byrne’s work. It is working with a group of mathematicians and academics to illustrate all thirteen books in the style of Byrne’s original book in a beautiful, minimalist edition.
How to automate the enterprise: Your guide to getting started | ZDNet
When automating older systems that don't have the necessary software interfaces for automation tools to hook into, it may be necessary to use software that automates tasks by mimicking user interaction with a graphical or text-based interface. However, this approach limits how much more efficient they can be than the manual process and also risks breaking when the UI changes, according to Redwood's Kinson. Given this increased difficulty of automating older systems, ageing infrastructure may be barrier for these types of projects.
Deal of the Week by Bloomberg on Apple Podcasts
As The Bachelorette wraps up another season, a mating dance is developing in the telecommunications world. SoftBank is desperate to find a match for Sprint, the fourth-largest U.S. wireless company, of which it owns 84 percent. It has at least two potential suitors in mind: T-Mobile, the No. 3 U.S. wireless company, or Charter, the second-largest U.S. cable company. With T-Mobile, SoftBank founder and CEO Masayoshi Son would probably have to sell majority control of Sprint. Charter, on the other hand, would be a takeover target -- and would come with an enterprise value price tag of $200 billion or more. Will Sprint find a match, or will both partners turn down Son's money-losing asset? Bloomberg reporters Gerry Smith and Scott Moritz give host Alex Sherman their predictions.
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The ‘iPhone 8’ probably isn’t what you think it is
The new names make sense for Apple's overall strategy. Releasing an iPhone 7S alongside an iPhone 8 gives the impression that the lower-level line of devices are obsolete, since they're a number behind. Bumping them up a digit will provide some extra space between last year's 7 models, even if they're only modest internal improvements.
Here's how self-driving cars could impact your city's planning
Google’s machine learning platform might be a few years from solving any of the world’s major problems, but for one farming family in Japan, the TensorFlow platform has already reduced the amount of time spent sorting cucumbers into standards. Makoto Koike, a former embedded systems designer, implemented the TensorFlow platform into his family’s cucumber farm. … Read more »
Congress will vote to speed up self-driving car deployments next week
Next Wednesday, the US House of Representatives will vote on a bill to speed the deployment of fully-autonomous cars and stop states from banning self-driving vehicles, according to a Reuters report .
Listen up! These wireless earbuds will sharpen your hearing
Whether you're in a bar playing obnoxiously loud music or just a little hard of hearing, we all know what it's like to struggle to hear what someone physically close to us is saying.
The coolest, best and strangest tech of IFA 2017
For the kitchen, Miele's Dialog oven was one of the most impressive things we saw here. It uses a combination of electromagnetic waves, a convection fan and traditional radiant heating elements to cook food with impressive precision. One demo included putting a whole filet of salmon in the oven, but then only cooking one half of it (the other half was prepared ceviche-style). That's a Europe-only design for now.
12 kids who don't care what you think
Perhaps it's because they have no real responsibilities, or maybe it's because they are blind to all of the world's problems. Regardless of the reasoning, most young kids are carefree on a level we can all admire.
The best Force Friday deals
And let's not forget the deals. Today's our chance to score some savings on Star Wars merch -- and that's kind of a rare thing. Here are some deals worth considering!
Fitbit is betting big on the Ionic smartwatch
The Ionic is a bit of a Hail Mary pass. The smartwatch represents years of R&D and millions of dollars in acquisitions converging into one product. It’s one the company’s CEO has been talking up months before its official unveiling, pointing to it as a sign that Fitbit has fight left in it, even as the wearable industry continues to contract around it.
Inside the black market where people pay thousands of dollars for Instagram verification
This is a guy who knows a guy, a middleman in the black market for Instagram verification, where anyone from a seasoned publicist to a 22-year-old digital marketer will offer to verify an account—for a price. The fee is anywhere from a bottle of wine to $15,000, according to a dozen sources who have sold verification, bought verification for someone else, or directly know someone who has done one or the other.
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Ford and Domino’s to deliver pizza using self-driving cars in new test
Both Ford and Domino’s will be using the test to see how people react to receiving pizzas via self-driving vehicles. Ford considers the customer and user experience aspects of autonomous driving technology a core part of the overall platform it’s developing, Ford Autonomous and Electric Vehicles VP Sherif Marakby tells me, and it’s using this real-world trial to test its assumptions and help it develop that aspect of the product it hopes to commercialize in just a few years’ time.
Books, games, and glitter: Helping Harvey's smallest survivors be kids again
While many shelters have informal, kid-friendly areas and entertainment, Save the Children's program is designed to give traumatized children structure, safety, and the chance to be kids while their parents shower, fill out paperwork, or just take a breath. In the classroom-like environment, the disaster's smallest survivors can make connections with other children and engage with adults trained to support their emotional and psychological needs.
Mattress startups make a bet: You won't return that thing you bought
That formula has allowed these bed-in-a-box startups to upend the traditional mattress industry, in which return and exchange fees of more than a hundred dollars were commonplace. Casper, Leesa, and at least half a dozen other companies are now operating with this model and it's spread to similarly unwieldy items you might not otherwise think to buy online like sofas (Burrow and Joybird), bed frames (Pons), and flatpack furniture (Greycork).
Apple schedules iPhone 8 event for September 12
Apple’s iPhone 8 will be unveiled on September 12. The company today sent out invites to the event, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Pacific and will be held in the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino. “Let’s meet at our place,” reads the invitation to press. This will be Apple’s sixth consecutive product event held in September since the introduction of the iPhone 5 in 2012.
Why I'm now using Android and might skip the iPhone 8 | ZDNet
Circumstances caused me to change to Android handsets as my daily driver instead of my iPhone 7 Plus. Now I'm not sure I want to go back.
5 Key Social Media Takeaways from the 2017 Internet Trends Report
Social media marketing enables businesses to target consumers where they spend the most time online, however to get the most bang for your marketing buck in social, you need stay up-to-date on the latest social media advertising trends, best practices, and consumer expectations.
Mozilla is desperately needed to save the web, but does it stand a chance?
If I sound like I don't know what to propose Mozilla should do, it's because I don't. I simply feel strongly that the role Mozilla played in the early browser wars needs to be resurrected to save the web today. I'd love your thoughts: Is it too late, or is there something that Mozilla (or Apple or...?) can do to reverse this shift toward centralization and content closure?